D. Env in Environmental Science and Engineering

Master problem solvers

The next generation of master environmental problem solvers are trained here. Our academically diverse, practice-intensive method prepares graduates to take on today’s most complex environmental problems. The Environmental Science and Engineering professional doctorate was founded by Nobel laureate Willard Libby in 1973. Since then, more than 230 graduates have gone on to take senior leadership positions at places such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Walt Disney Company, the Army Corps of Engineers and AECOM.

ESE Residency

The residency embeds students with public agencies, businesses and environmental groups to provide practical experience in environmental analysis and management. While students work, they conduct applied dissertation research under the supervision of UCLA faculty.

ben schwegler, e.s.e. 1999, chief scientist for disney imagineering
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Ben Schwegler, E.S.E. 1999, Chief Scientist for Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney theme parks can not only claim to be the “happiest places on earth,” they’re also now the most energy-efficient theme parks and resorts. As chief scientist for Imagineering Research and Development, Schwegler spearheaded the use of 3D and 4D simulation to ensure that sustainable design and engineering are utilized in all of Disney’s built environments. This resulted in water treatment technologies that enabled the first closed-loop control of wastewater treatment plants. The challenge at a place like Disney is incorporating a broad cross-section of professional visions and input. “In our world we deal with artists, so we need to make engineering decisions that allow everyone else’s creativity and good ideas to flourish,” says Schwegler.

“As an ecologist with ties from farmlands in El Salvador to L.A.’s large urban ecosystem, the best way to protect habitats I love is integrating science and policy”

​Jenny Aleman-Zometa

​Current E.S.E.

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